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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonD View Post
    Beautiful setting and views. Where is this place?
    it is in Navas near Guananico about 20 mins from Imbert

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    27 waterfalls: you can drive into the park and book on the spot but i would wait for the best weather to do it. trust me, the water is cold as F at this time of the year and after the rains it is deep, murky and can be dangerous.

    teleferico: there is a road to the top of the mountain but again, it's been raining and it may be in a bad shape now. besides, going there in a cable car is the most exciting part of the trip. check carnival schedule and pick up a day without cruise in the port or you will spend considerable time waiting for a car.

    fortaleza/malecon: park a car somewhere in the city centre and walk around. for this, pick a cruise day. that means lots of people will be around, tourist police will be there to lend a hand in parking, crossing the streets and going around. safe and sound.

    nightlife: you will be safe enough on your own. lots of dancing/drinking places around, no problems. take a taxi/uber from/to hotel so you can chill, drink and do not have to drive at night, especially on weekends when most of road users are drunk .
    Thank you for the great tips!!
    Would not have considered the cruise ships aspect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drstock View Post
    Beaches: to the west Punta Rusia. To the east there are many - depends how far you want to go. Sosua and Cabarete are both very popular, but if you want to go further, Playa Caleton just past Rio San Juan. It's small, sheltered and quiet but hard to find.
    Thanks! A few of those are on our list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    and Playa Grande is just a bit further.... better IMO

    did you ever hear the Moto San guy's story at Playa Grande ?

    He and his pals were out goofing around one day - dirt biking etc
    They showed up all scruffy for lunch....ate & drank big

    But -- nobody had money.... all broke

    The waiters went ballistic - yelling , threatening ....
    all but the young kid who had served them...
    He said he trusted them to pay later

    Grudgingly, they were allowed to leave....and pay later

    Well
    a few days later a big chofer driven Range Rover arrives and 'El Senor' steps out...
    adorned with the obligatory shades, bling and trappings.... staff following

    The waiters all swoon - bow & scrape

    Senor Big seeks out the young waiter and has his lunch - silent

    Meal over - he pays and reminds the kid about the debt owed..
    Pays that too.....

    Says to the kid - Follow me

    New moto waiting in the parking lot for the kid.....
    The tip..........

    True story.... Moto San man....
    from the ugly house in Gasping Hernandez
    Funny story, teaches all to treat eachother kindly!

    Playa Grande is on the list for us to visit as we are just next door to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    Like your moxie.

    You do not need to "book" anything to go out to Cayo Arena. There are dozens of boats that will take you out there.

    I think I would just drive there and explore. For example:

    Go West on the major highway, turn right towards Luperon and then watch for signs for El Estrecho. There you go to the left and follow signs to La Isabela. In La Isabela you go to the right and take the road to Estero Hondo. When you pass through Estero Hondo look for signs to La Ensenada, and go to the right. This road leads you right to the beach. Pay RD$100 to park. Go find ELSA, and there you can eat and rent a chaise lounge (?). Ask Elsa or her daughter in law about going over to Cayo Arena. Go early, and go in the middle of the week.

    If you want, as an alternative, turn left as you get to the beach and go along until you get to the "village" of Punta Rucia. On your left there is a small restaurant called Damaris (ask for her). Good food, and she can set you up with a boat to the Cayo Arena.

    Have a great time.

    You might want to come to Santiago on a weekend to see the Carnival, a real special event.

    Cordially,

    HB
    Thank You!

    We will likely follow your instructions and just head out to Punta Rucia and check out the Damaris restaurant.
    We want to do Santiago, but hear the road that was is a little "rough" on us tourists...LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Bill View Post
    Funny story, teaches all to treat eachother kindly!

    Playa Grande is on the list for us to visit as we are just next door to it.
    If you go to Samana, you'll be able to see several beaches...

    Caleton & Playa Grande... w/ Preciosa right beside PG, same car park

    Diamonte, La Entrada... further along - past Cabrera.

    Nagua is a bit bleek- IMO

    but you'll enjoy Samana - we hope....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drperson View Post
    come stay with us
    we are 25 minutes from the 27 waterfals and from Punta Russia Beaches
    I will tour you areound th emountains here too
    PS I am Canadian too : )
    https://navasestatesandvilla.weebly.com/
    Hi, thanks for the interest.
    We already have a place to stay.

    We are looking for a "local" who knows the area as a tour guide for a day or 2.
    Would you know a local person? My GF would prefer a female tour guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canadian Bill View Post
    Thanks! A few of those are on our list.
    Playa Caleton is a treat...if you do the 'day boat trip' mango forest, cave on the ocean, Playa Carleton and a second beach included!!! Leaves from 'down town' Rio San Juan.

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    Cabarete Beach at night...Claro Cafe for breakfast, Gorditos for lunch.

    Samana is extremely worth the trip and you could even catch a whale watching tour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drboal View Post
    Playa Caleton is a treat...if you do the 'day boat trip' mango forest, cave on the ocean, Playa Carleton and a second beach included!!! Leaves from 'down town' Rio San Juan.

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    Playa Caleton - What is with the white statue and the heads on the rocks?
    Cool beach, but...creepy?

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